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Papaya Extract derived from the seed of the Papaya fruit; the fruit contains the enzymes papain and chymonpapain, which have exfoliating properties that remove the appearance of dead skin.



“When it comes to natural skincare, papaya extract derived from the fruit of Carica papaya, is a versatile ingredient. Papaya is a superfood that is rich in vitamins A, B, and C, along with potassium, magnesium, and papain – a proteolytic enzyme that breaks down dead skin cells.”


Carica papaya, or papaya extract, is known for its bactericidal properties against harmful pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. This makes it a useful additive in skincare products targeting acne or other skin infections (1).


Papain, an enzyme found in both green (unripe) and ripe papaya, breaks down proteins into smaller peptides or amino acids. As a proteolytic enzyme, papain from papaya extract can break down skin protein and help to clear dead or damaged skin cells. The cosmetic industry uses papain frequently in exfoliating treatments or products (2).


Papaya extract can enhance the penetration of other active components within a formulation or serum, into underlying layers of the skin.


While some people may report skin sensitivities or allergies to papaya extract or papain, these are rare. Those with allergies to papaya or cross-reactive substances like latex should avoid the use of papaya or products containing papaya extract (3).

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